My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: October 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

How Number Portability has stalled in Jamaica but Caricel and 5G on the Horizon by 2020

“I know that the naysayers had previously thought that Jamaica would not be interested in number portability, but we have seen that with the option to jump ship at any time … it encourages our telecoms to pay more attention to customer service and especially the quality of service”

Minister of Science, Technology and Energy Dr Andrew Wheatley speaking about Number Portability at the 2nd of the 14th annual which was held at the Secrets Resorts and Spa located in Freeport, St James

In some really embarrassing news for local telecommunications, Number Portability is not doing so well.

Only 60000 persons have switched networks under Number Portability as noted in the article “Just over 60,000 accounts switched under number portability”, published Thursday, October 27, 2016, The Jamaica Observer.

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This shockingly low figure was proudly revealed by Minister of Science, Technology and Energy Dr Andrew Wheatley addressing the 2nd of the 14th annual OOCUR (Conference of the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators) which was held at the Secrets Resorts and Spa located in Freeport, St James.

The conference Theme, “Creating a Spectrum of Opportunities in the Caribbean” seems in stark contrast to the news that Number Portability was effectively dead!

The upbeat nature of the three-day conference, seemed to be in stark contrast to the progress made in Number Portability Adoption since June of 2015 as reported in my blog article entitled “Jamaica Number Portability 2 months on - How to Port your number as All Good Customer go to Heaven in 90 Days”.  

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Back then, around 33000 customer of FLOW and Digicel switched Networks in less than 2 month as noted in the article “33,000 Jamaicans Switch Accounts Under Number Portability”, published August 28, 2015 O. Rodger Hutchinson, The Jamaica Information Service.

So what happened?

Jamaican and Number Portability – Lack of Advertising the cause but Caricel the Cure

But now in 2016, nearly 1 year later, only 60,000 have made use of the facility powered by Porting Access B.V. from the Netherlands as explained in my blog article entitled “Jamaica has selected Porting Access B.V. for NPA - How NPAS will provision a TPRR based CRDB”. 

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The slowing down of access to Number Portability is directly related to a lack of advertisement by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Energy. After all, how can you know a service exists if it’s not being continuously advertised?

Still, it has encouraged Telecom Providers to improve their services, albeit they're still mis-treating customers, prompting the OUR to review customer Contracts as noted in my blog article entitled “How FLOW and Digicel Jamaica can improve Customer Contracts as OUR sets Guidelines, Limitations and Penalties”.

Telecom service providers are slowly making adjustments to their customer offerings. But they're yet to offer unlimited data for streaming and Free Wi-Fi Internet from FLOW modems as argued in my Geezam blog article entitled “FLOW Jamaica new Data Plans as FLOW ID, My FLOW App and Streaming Needed”. 

Still, this will not stop the coming of Caricel Jamaica; they can easily use Number portability as their advertising medium to win customers with cheaper Voice and Data Bundles as explained in my blog article entitled “Symbiote Investments Limited gets DMSL License for Caricel as 5G coming in 2020”. 

Minister of Science, Technology and Energy, the ball is in your court but customers will benefit in the long run.

Carube Copper captures OZ Minerals in Jamaica as Copper and Gold Mining slowing Globally

Copper mining is in trouble in Jamaica.

Carube Copper Corp, a CA$7.5 million Canadian copper mining company, is taking over Australian company OZ Mineral Holdings as reported in the article “Canadian Mining Company Acquires Copper Licence”, published Saturday October 29, 2016, The Jamaica Gleaner

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They're set to acquire 70% of Australian company OZ Mineral Holdings in the Bellas Gate Joint Venture licences, giving them some 535 square kilometres of potentially mineable reserves of valuable minerals.  This latest developement is a follow-on to the news that Australian juggernaut, Oz Minerals was pulling out of Jamaica as noted in the article “OZ Minerals pulling out of Jamaica”, published Friday, September 23, 2016, The Jamaica Observer.

Carube Copper Corp has two (2) mining projects that they're working on:

1.      Main Ridge Project
2.      Hungry Gully Project

In partnership with Oz Minerals, Carube Copper Corp is also working on extracting Gold and Copper from the following projects:

1.      Above Rocks Project
2.      Bellas Gate Project

OZ Mineral Holdings, if you may remember, has been mining Copper and Gold in Jamaica in Above Rocks and Bellas Gate since 2014 as noted in my blog article entitled “OZ Minerals of Australia prospecting for Copper in Jamaica - How to get into Mining Minerals in Jamaica”.

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They, along with Carube Copper Corp, are among four (4) copper mining companies in Jamaica and are the second Canadian company mining copper in Jamaica as listed below:

1.      OZ Minerals of Australia
2.      Carube Resources Inc of Canada
3.      Rio Minerals Jamaica Limited of Canada
4.      Rodinia Resources Pty Ltd of Australia

In return for all this, Carube Copper will pay OZ Mineral Holdings for their CAN$14 million worth of exploration equiptment and gear and also give them 2% Net Smelter Return Royalty due after their copper mine start making money. Copper is easy to finding Jamaica, as certain plants indicate the existence of fairly large and commercially exploitable Copper reserves.

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So basically a long term perpetuity agreement, as OZ Mineral Holdings will continue making money even though they've exited the island as noted in the article in the article “Canadian Mining Company Acquires Copper Licence”, published Saturday October 29, 2016, The Jamaica Gleaner
Apparently the fluctuations in the global price of copper due to oversupply and increase metal recycling has made mining the mineral less than lucrative for OZ Mineral Holdings was noted in the article “OZ Minerals pulling out of Jamaica”, published Friday, September 23, 2016, The Jamaica Observer.

However, this market instability hasn't deterred Carube Copper Corp; they're expanding, effectively becoming one of the largest copper miners in Jamaica.

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Now if we could only find fairly large and commercially exploitable gold and oil reserves, as Oil is set to hit US$300 a barrel by 2020 as predicted in my blog article entitled “Why Jamaican Private Sector funding Oil Exploration by Tullow Oil for US$300 per barrel in 2020”.

Jamaica has the potential to become a little but Tallawah mining giant of the Caribbean

How to Fix USB Device Not Recognized problem in Windows and reactivate USB Ports

So you wake up one morning and noticed that your laptop USB ports are not responding. Relax; you're not the victim of a hack. Chances are they got shut down by the computer in a bid to conserve power.

This was the case with my Acer Aspire e 15 Smart Laptop, which I’ve had since August 2016, a gift from a friend. I went through the same emotions but I eventually got it fixed, thanks to this article entitled “How to Fix USB Device Not Recognized in Windows”. 

So here’s a quick way to get your USB ports up and running again.

Go to Device Manager by right clicking on the corner icon as shown below for Windows 8.

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You'll see a yellow triangular caution symbol beside the Generic USB hub symbol. Now to get to the root of the problem (get it?).

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Right click on USB Root Hub and select Properties.

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A floating menu for the USB Root Hub will appear, from which you select the Power Management Tab. Deselect the checkbox that says Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power and select Ok to save.

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By now, the yellow triangular caution symbol should have disappeared. Right click on Generic USB hub and select Update Driver Software.

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Another floating menu will appear to choose the software. Select the option Browse My computer for Driver Software.

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On the next floating menu that appears, select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

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Select Generic USB Hub and click Next to continue the installation

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Once the installation is finished as show below, shut down the computer and restart it. You'll be able to access all of you USB ports and the problem will never happen again, as the option to allow the computer to turn off this device to save power has been deselected.

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Sharing is caring, so share this article with friends in need who thing they've been hacked...when in reality they've computer has gone to sleep.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Why the Jamaican Police need a Drone Developer and Design Competition to catch up with Criminals

“In discussion with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), they are still trying to develop policy and regulation that govern these unmanned aerial vehicles. They are still trying to develop the regulations to govern how these aircraft are used. We are now joining the wider community to use these aircraft for public safety and for law-enforcement activities”

Project manager at the ministry L. Garth Soares, Ministry of National Security explaining to the PAAC their stance on Drones for Police

The Jamaican Police are still waiting for their Drones to be used in Fighting Praedial Larceny.

Jamaican Police have quite a long wait indeed as the Ministry of National Security has yet to acquire drone for the Jamaican Police as noted in the article “Drone Technology For Police Use Delayed”, published Friday October 28, 2016 by Edmond Campbell, The Jamaica Gleaner

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JA$55 million has been set aside by the Ministry of National Security, but to date no drones have been purchased and it might not happen this year either. Permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security Diane McIntosh made the declaration before the PAAC (Public Administration and Appropriations Committee) on Wednesday October 26th 2016 that no drones will be ordered this year.

Instead, only JA$30 million will be spent to equip the Jamaicans Police with drones. Apparently this is to give the criminals chances a head start in using drones for everything from surveillance to even drug transhipment.

Already, based on sources of mine in Milk River, Clarendon, cocaine and marijuana traffickers are working on building a large drone that can be land and launched from short roadways used as runways and even moving vehicles.

This all seems odd to me, as already Private sector usage of Drones is on the rise. A good example is the use of drones by Hi-Pro designed by Agrocaelum to spray crops as detailed in my blog article entitled “Why Agrocaelum and Hi-Pro Herald for JCAA allowing Drone Racing in Jamaica”.

So what’s the holdup.

JCAA holding up Drone Developement - Drone Developer and Design Competition to help Police

The JCAA is the main holdup; JCAA (Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority) rules on drone usages are very strict as noted in my blog article entitled “JCAA Drones Regulations - Why GOJ Double-Standard suggest Commercial Drone Pilot Licenses are coming”. 

The need for cumbersome aerial permits that restrict usage to LOS (Line of Sight) means the GOJ hasn't fully embraced the use of Drones in Jamaica. So what can the GOJ do?

The Government to Jamaica can sponsor a Drone Developer and Design Competition with the remaining JA$20 million as argued in my blog article entitled “How JCAA and GOJ can foster Drone Design for Jamaican High Schools and Universities”. 

This will foster a love for Electronics, mechanical and Aviation Engineering in Jamaica, starting with high school and university students. It helps to spread the knowledge of drone design and maintenance among ordinary Jamaicans and encourage responsible usage of UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) in Jamaica.

Best of all, the Jamaican Police can benefit from the local Design and Developement of Drones to aid in their Praedial larceny fight as noted in my blog article entitled “Jamaican Drone Contractors Testing Drones in Pedro Cays – Why Ministry of Agriculture needs Drones to catch Poachers in the Act”.

Jamaican Police, time to step in the 21st Century, as Drone Drug trans-shipment is already taking place in Clarendon!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why Apple Watch Sales are Dying and why Google Android, Pebble need to follow Garmin's lead

“It has also become evident that at present smartwatches are not for everyone. Having a clear purpose and use case is paramount, hence many vendors are focusing on fitness due to its simplicity”

Senior Research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, Jitesh Ubrani, commenting on why smartwatch sales are dying off

Smartwatches are dying...or at least interest in them is, thanks to industry complacency.

According to market intelligence firm IDC report, sales are way down as noted in the article “No One Is Buying Smartwatches Anymore”, published 24 October 2016 by Christina Warren, Gizmodo

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The IDC figures year-over-year for the third quarter of 2016 are really bad:

1.      51.6% decline in smartwatch shipments
2.      71.6% decline in Apple Watch shipments

Apple, which has 41.3% of the market, has fared the worst of the smartwatch vendors based on figures year-over-year for the third quarter of 2016:

1.      1.1 million Apple Watches shipped
2.      3.9 million Apple Watches shipped in Q3 2015

That’s a 71.6% decline in shipment as indicated in the table below:

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So why is this happening?

Smartwatch dying due to Industry complacency – Watches are fashion Products, not Tech items

Well, it's not all doom and gloom. Garmin fared well, with a 324% sales increase. This was mainly because their focus was on health and fitness, the main perceived functions of a smartwatch by most customers. 

Apple and Pebble’s new watches launched in September 2016 and Google Android Wear 2.0 isn't coming out until 2017. Wristwatches are not tech gadgets; they’re fashion pieces as I've said before. People wear them to match their clothes, sweater and their car and often just have them for show, not function. So for fashion-conscious people, wearing the same old watch got boring real fast.

The Apple Watch simple needs to have more frequent hardware updates per year, in keeping with Fashion shows, tech fairs, celebrity endorsements and other places where they can grab the attention of customers as I've long predicted in my blog article entitled “Apple Watch delays on Pre-Order Day – How to Sell a Wearable using Apple Watch Edition on Celebrities and Third Party Wristbands”. 

Apple has already responded with the Apple Watch 2.0 that was launched at the same time as the Apple iPhone 7 as noted in “iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2: Everything you need to know from today's announcements”, published September 7, 2016 by Lori Grunin, CNET

Also, better battery life akin to a regular wristwatch would not be a bad idea not only for the Apple Watch but for all Apple products as noted in my blog article entitled “Apple files patent for Hydrogen Fuel cell – Why Portable Hydrogen Fuel Cells needed to cut the Analog Power Cord”. 

Apple and others need to create new hardware on a quarterly basis or even monthly basis with a focus on the health, fitness and healthy eating sectors that are booming as pointed out in my MICO Wars blog article entitled “How Gracekennedy Aloe Vera Sinkle Bibles American Health Drinks in 2016”.

Senior Research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, Jitesh Ubrani, puts it best, quote: “.....However, moving forward, differentiating the experience of a smartwatch from the smartphone will be key and we’re starting to see early signs of this as cellular integration is rising and as the commercial audience begins to pilot these devices”.

After all, it'll match with the current shift in focus of this generation towards spiritual wellness, health, fitness and healthy eating. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Kyushu University in Fukuoka researchers create Artificial Mice Eggs from Skin Cells

“This is truly amazing. To be able to make robust and functional mouse oocytes over and over again entirely in a dish, and see the entire process without the 'black box' of having to do any of the steps in host animals, is most exciting.”

Dr. Jacob Hanna, a stem cell biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

Cloning humans may be coming sooner than you think. In fact, you might not even need ova and sperm from humans.

Researchers from Kyushu University in Japan have developed a technique to create artificial ova from stem cells as reported in the article “Scientists Create Fully Functional Eggs from Skin Cells”, published September 17 2016 by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo.

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Their research, published in the journal Nature on the 17th of October 2016, marks the first creation of eggs entirely outside a mouse. If the process is replicated using humans, researchers could produce artificial eggs without the need for human ovaries to complete the process as noted in the article “Mouse eggs made from skin cells in a dish”, published 17 October 2016 by David Cyranoski, Nature.

The team consists of the following scientists:

1.      Dr. Yayoi Obata, from Tokyo University of Agriculture
2.      Dr Katsuhiko Hayashi, from Kyushu University in Fukuoka
3.      Dr. Mitinori Saitou of the Kyoto University

The team, led by Dr Katsuhiko Hayashi, a reproductive biologist at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, had finally completed the cycle of research from skin cells to mice eggs. The original research work began when Dr Katsuhiko Hayashi and stem-cell biologist Mitinori Saitou reprogrammed skin cells to embryonic-like pluripotent stem cells and then into PGCs (primordial germ cells).

PGC need to go into ovaries to become mature eggs, so this was half of the process. The next advance came when a team in July 2016 led by Yayoi Obata, at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, transformed PGCs extracted from mouse fetuses into oocytes (egg cells) without using a live mammal. 

The three (3) soon teamed up and completed the work. They did this by immersing the PGCs in a complex chemical bath that converted the PGC's into immature egg cells. They then added tissue taken from the ovaries of mouse fetuses, causing the immature egg cells to mature into functional oocytes.

These eggs were then fertilized using mice sperm in vitro and transplanted into surrogate mice.  The results speak for themselves: twenty six (26) healthy pups born from functional eggs created in a petri dish.

Good to note that this process isn't 100% perfect; only 3.5% of artificial eggs gave rise to pups, compared with 60% of eggs inside a mouse. Hayashi claims that these mice went on to have more children of their own.

Researchers create Artificial Mice Eggs - Human reproduction and Immortality possible without a woman's eggs 

The implications for humans are staggering.

If the process can be ported to human eggs, not only would it be an excellent way to treat human infertility, but it would allow same-sex couples to have children via a surrogate.

It would also mean that women wouldn’t have to store their eggs or men store their sperm; any cells from their body could be reprogrammed to become stem cells and then be used to produce humans eggs to produce children as noted in “Japanese Scientists Master Egg-Creation Process in Mice”, published Oct. 17, 2016 by Robet Lee Holtz, The Wall Street Journal.

Combined with  CRISPR-Cas9 research fund by the Government of the Netherlands as detailed in my blog article entitled “Netherland's Plan to create Artificial Wombs, improve invitro-fertilization and eradicate Genetic Diseases”, this could create a whole new race of near perfect humans, cloned from the skin cells of deceased humans using artificial wombs.

It would also be a great way to spread human kind across the cosmos as pointed out in my blog article entitled “Claudius Gros of Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany Genesis Project may be Plan B for Earth 2.0”. 

The researchers figure it’ll take them another five to ten years to sort out the outstanding technical issues. So immortality is coming to a clinic near you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the ISPA prove Placebos work without Deception

“It’s the benefit of being immersed in treatment: interacting with a physician or nurse, taking pills, all the rituals and symbols of our healthcare system. The body responds to that.”

Dr. Ted Kaptchuk, study co-author on the Placebo Effect with researchers from researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the ISPA in Lisbon, Portugal

Placebos aren’t cures and they require deception to work. Or so I thought!!

Research done by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the ISPA (Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada) in Lisbon, Portugal suggests that they still work even when the patient knows they are placebos as reported in the article “The Placebo Effect Works Even When People Know the Pills Are Fake”, published 17 October 2016 by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo.

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Their study, published in the science journal Pain, suggests that the placebo effect can still happen EVEN if the patient is aware they're taking a placebo.

But a step back here.

The placebo, which is latin for “I will please” is where you trick the mind into thinking that a pill or therapy will have an intended effect, despite lack of any scientific proof that it works. It’s even been theorized that there is a genetic link to how well the placebo effect works in some people.

So basically, these scientists, in their study, pleased their patients with a placebo. So how did they do the experiment?

Research into the Placebo Effect - Sugar pills actually work better than Painkillers

The researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the ISPA in Lisbon, Portugal, created two groups out of 100 patients

1.      50 in a control group given pain medicine
2.      50 in an experiment group given a placebo clearly labled “placebo pills”

To make sure the patients knew what was going on, they even went a far as to educate all of them thoroughly on what a placebo was with a 15-minute primer of the placebo effect.

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They then took their pain regiments for the next three (3) weeks and reported back to the researchers.

Surprisingly, the placebo group returned some fascinating results:

1.      30% reduction in usual pain
2.      30% reduction in maximum pain
3.      29% reduction in pain-related disability

The non placebo group, who were given scientifically tested medication, surprisingly, fared worse off:

1.      9% reduction in usual pain
2.      16% reduction in maximum pain
3.      0% reduction in pain-related disability

So what cause this to happen?

Placebo effect debunked - Positive integration with health care system empowered patients

Many theories abound as to how the placebo effect works, but this experiment has shattered one idea; the fact that you have to deceive the persons into thinking the drug will work. Albeit this is a very small study and many demographic variables may be at play here, assuming all was equal, this is astounding and statistically significant.

lead author Claudia Carvalho suggests that the positive interaction with people in the health care system might have empowered them, triggering the body own natural healing, to quote noted lead author Claudia Carvalho: “It’s the benefit of being immersed in treatment: interacting with a physician or nurse, taking pills, all the rituals and symbols of our healthcare system. Our findings demonstrate the placebo effect can be elicited without deception. Patients were interested in what would happen and enjoyed this novel approach to their pain. They felt empowered.” 

This goes to show the power of positive thinking.......or the fact that the pharmaceutical industry is slowly poisoning our immune system’s ability to heal itself. More research is clearly needed, but it does shed new light on the idea of positive thinking and empowerment of athletes during the Rio 2016 Olympics loved wearing all that tape!

As for me, I'm saying positive things to my water, using eucalyptus sweets to stay awake and endure the bad carpet smell of Advantage Call Center. I’m also eating chocolate to empower myself with positive energy so that it will heal me while I work the night shifts at my Call Center.

Monday, October 17, 2016

How Michigan State University Study suggests rollercoaster help patients pass Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are mineral deposits found in urine. So is there an easy to get rid of them?

Turns out it may be as simple as riding a rollercoaster as reported in the article “Riding rollercoasters makes it easier to pass kidney stones” published Sep 26, 2016 by Angela Chen, The Verge.

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A study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association was conducted by urologist Dr. David Wartinger at Michigan State University and co-author Dr. Marc Mitchell tested the idea of using rollercoasters to allow patients to dislodge kidney stones. Most interestingly, this requires no doctor's visit; anyone with kidney stones can try this.

There has been no previous study on what causes humans to pass kidney stones. General, it's known that some types of physical labour will loosen kidney stones:

1.      Bungee jumping
2.      Bouncing on a trampoline
3.      Dirt bike riding
4.      Violent sneeze

Pregnant women often pass kidney stones after taking vitamin supplements. However, doctors had not yet isolated a single trigger that was reproducible....until now.

So what exactly are kidney stones?

What are kidney Stones - Drink more Water as Dehydration plays a role

A kidney stone, also called Nephrolithiasis, is a hard crystalline mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract. Humans have a risk of developing kidney stones based on the following factors:

1.      Decrease in urine volume
2.      Excess of stone-forming substances in the urine
3.      Dehydration i.e. not drinking enough water

1 in 20 or 5% of humans develope kidney stones and is mainly due to dehydration as I'd explained in my blog article entitled “How to find work in Jamaica at Call Centers - Drink Bottled Water as Dehydration and Salty Foods makes you lose concentration”. 

The symptoms are very severe:

1.      Sever pain in mid-region and groin area of the body
2.      Hematuria or blood in urine

The smaller stones, roughly 4mm in size, can often be harmlessly passed through the ureter to the bladder on their own. The larger stones require lithotripsy or surgical techniques, with ultrasound being used to confirm that they have indeed been passed. But passing kidney stones is a painful affair and is usually accompanies by some Hematuria.

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Clearly though, drinking more water can help prevent the formation of kidney stones, preferably the usual 8 glasses a day. However, the two had been hearing anecdotal tales from their patients of riding rollercoasters and passing kidneys stones, particularly from one of their patients.

So they decided to try it out for themselves.

How Rollercoaster can help pass kidney stones - Gravity and sudden turns did the trick

They did a test using a 3D printed silicon kidney filled with urine and packed inside of a backpack the same height of a typical person as described in the article “How a Roller Coaster Can Help You Pass a Kidney Stone”, published 9/26/16 by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo.

More interestingly, the modelled the kidney after one of their patient that had claimed he consistently passed kidney stones while on Walt Disney World's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to quote Dr. David Wartinger: “A kidney looks like a tree with branches. The forces move the stone from being positioned where a leaf is located, down through the branches and out through the trunk—and onward to the bladder. It’s not surprising that the model we used passed kidney stones on this coaster because it’s based on a gentleman that passed three stones on this exact roller coaster”.

Thus, based on this anecdotal information, they took their test subject (can I call it that?) to Walt Disney World where they rode the following rides as follows:

1.      20 rides on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 
2.      20 rides on the Space Mountain
3.      20 rides on the Walt Disney World railroad

Here’s a video of each of these rides to get an idea of how they look.

Firs, try out Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Ok, now take a ride in Space Mountain.

Finally try out Walt Disney World railroad

Albeit the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad isn't a very hard ride to endure, the moderate left, right and drops cause the test subject to respond in an interesting way:

1.      64% chance of passing kidney stones if sitting in the back
2.      17% chance of passing kidney stones if sitting in the front

It makes sharp left and right turns, but doesn’t have huge drops or climbs and children often ride it. Still, even this moderate movement showed promising results: sitting in the back of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad caused stones to be passed by the silicon kidney 64 percent of the time. Sitting in the front caused the stones to be passed 17 percent of the time.

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad also dislodged the smaller 4mm stones. So what does this all mean?

Removing Kidney Stones helps Three Groups - High G Forces needed in Jamaica

This finding, which is reproducible by other scientist in the world, means that gravity can be used to dislodge kidney stones.

It can help the following types of people with kidney stones:

1.      Patients with small 4mm kidney stones
2.      Patients with larger kidney stones
3.      Young pregnant women planning to become pregnant why have kidney stones

The larger stones can be vibrated into smaller fragments using very high frequency ultrasound. Clearly more research.....and rides on more terrifying roller coasters and other rides that have high G needed.

But on a practical side, this is more of a reason why Jamaica needs to have a theme park with a rollercoaster, as it’s guaranteed that kidney stone suffers could take a ride and lose a stone.